The Faces of Evanston photo contest is expanding in this, its seventh year, to include videography. The contest, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Evanston, opened today and runs through Aug. 15.

Dr. Stamata Blanas, a local dentist and Kiwanian, initiated the contest as a way to bring the arts more directly to Evanstonians and area photographers. “All photos and the new videography are of the Evanston community, providing focus on the treasures we have right at our doorstep,” Blanas says.

Titled “Reflections”, the 2011-12 contest poster was designed by Abigail Julcher, a junior at Evanston Township High School, who has been studying design since her first year at the school.  She has formed a one-woman design business and recently designed a new logo for Keep Evanston Beautiful, as well as other projects for the high school and the Northwestern University Sailing Center.

To help her with the overall design of the poster, Julchart reached out to fellow student, Grant Bailey, a photographer.  His photography will be featured on the poster. Annie Fender, a local graphic artist, also assisted with the poster.

The ETHS involvement is an extension of the Kiwanis club’s partnership with the high school with the encouragement of Dr.Richard Bowers, head of the arts department.

The Kiwanis club has partnered with  ETHS on the Special Olympics, Earth Day and  the Evanston School of Wrestling.  The club also works with the athletic department to provide customized mouth guards for athletic participants and has honored 105 student/athletes on a monthly basis over the past four years.  In the fall of 2011, the club will also honor student artists on a monthly basis.

More information about the contest is available online.

The 2010 winners (including the image above) are currently on display and can be seen at St. Francis Hospital in June, Unicorn Café in July and the Evanston Public Library in August.

Sponsors of the traveling show include  First Bank & Trust, St. Francis Hospital, @properties, Interior Effects and Allegra Print Design & Signs.

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